If you search the internet for personality assessments, you won’t find a shortage of results. I’ve found that a lot of people aren’t quite sure where to start or which ones to take. I’ll go over a few of my favorites, the results they give, and why I recommend them to people.
This is Episode 52 and I’m Josh Newton.
Welcome to the I’m Josh Newton Show where it is all about putting your potential into practice.
Today I want to talk about assessment tools and why you should take more than one.
If you do a search on Google, you’re going to find lots of different personality assessments. You’ll also probably find a lot of different articles and blog posts and maybe even podcasts about people comparing and contrasting these different types of assessments and which one is better. But in my experience in when I do coaching with people I often have them take a lot of different assessments. And now when I say a lot I really only mean 4 to 5 but it seems like a lot when most people want to take one assessment, get it done, spend like a half hour and get everything they possibly can about themselves and really start to understand who they are. But the problem is all of these different assessments really are trying to assess different things and in my opinion humans are infinitely complex and you’re never going to find an assessment, just a single one, that gives you all the information it possibly can about who you are, how you’re motivated, the natural tendencies and behaviors that you have. All of those things are going to come from very different assessments and a lot of them have different places also depending on whether you’re trying to just understand who you are or really understand you are fit for a specific role.
A couple episodes ago I talked about how I used an assessment called Fascinate to really understand a specific mismatch that I had between myself and an organization in a particular the brand and the market-facing aspect of that organization. So Fascinate is a great example of a tool that I think gives you a glimpse into an overall idea around your DNA and how your hardwired. I think it also gives you an interesting look into your leadership style because I can tie a lot of what I see in my Fascinate profile to, in general, how I like to lead how I like to affect the situation and how I like to see a company move forward.
Then their assessments that I think really get into the behavioral side of things in a more tactical level. These are going to be things like Pi, predictive index, or DISC who actually start to look at your behaviors and you’re motivating needs. And these are the types of things that. Really determine whether you’re a good fit for a specific role or not or they start to assess your fit for the behavioral requirements of a specific role.
On the personality side of things I also really like some of the Myers-Briggs type test and in particular one called 16 Personalities. And so you can find that it 16personalities.com it’s a free assessment that give you some decent results and overview. What I found is there some stuff in my results from that assessment that I’ve always tried to find in other assessments, not that there were particular result I was trying to find, but there’s things I knew about myself that I wasn’t quite able to pinpoint in other assessments. And this one was actually able to explain a certain number of things about me that were really interesting and were much different take on some of the results that I’ve had from other assessments.
Another one that I think starts to get into your natural abilities as a person is StrengthFinders. Now, this one’s interesting because you can pay I think it’s like $20 now and get your top five results which will give you kind of a flyby of some of the most important or most significant aspects of what this assessment can uncover. Then you could also pay I think another $75 to unlock your full 34. So StrengthsFinders actually has these 34 different what they call strengths and they’ll actually rank them 1 through 34 and you can get some really interesting Insight not just into the top maybe five ten or fifteen that are a major aspect of who you are but you can also look at the bottom 10 to 15 and look at the ones that might be a major blind spot for you and the ones you want to see in other people that you surround yourself with.
There are a lot of great assessments out there and I think if you’re just embarking on this journey or if maybe you’ve taken one of these or maybe two of them up but you’re still trying to figure out some things about yourself, I would highly encourage you to it take almost as many assessment as you possibly can because you’re going to I think pull something unique and interesting out of each one of those. I think it also starts to give you a glimpse into how significant some of your personality or hardwiring is. And not significant as in it you can have stuff that’s not significant and your not important but some people tend to take a lot of these assessments and they say a lot of the same things about them. That probably means that you have a personality and you have a hard wiring that’s pretty strong and so it’s showing up the same or very similar across all of these different assessments. Somebody else might take some of these and there’s going to be little differences in them and that’s okay too but that’s lending itself to a personality it’s not quite as strong, a hardwired that’s not quite as strong and so you might be a little bit more of a chameleon and you might be able to blend in a bit more to different circumstances.
Another thing I would encourage you to do is find somebody who knows a decent amount about different assessments and have them walk through each one of these assessments with you and pull out the unique pieces from each one of them and also look at the overlapping aspects of each one. It’s really great to read through the results and not a silly know what that means but if you can find somebody who’s maybe like a career counselor or an executive coach or something like that who understands these different types of assessments, that can really help you having that personal connection in understanding some of your natural abilities and traits. And how that might play out in your workplace in your relationships there’s lots of different places where this could be really interesting. So that can be extremely helpful.
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